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Accessibility Assessment Simulation Environment for New Applications Design and Development (ACCESSIBLE)

Principal researcher

Name: Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras

Contact details: Informatics and Telematics Institiute, 1st Km Thermi-Panorama Road, Thermi-Thessaloniki
GR-57001, Greece.
Tel: +30 2310 464160; Fax: +30 2310 464163
Email: Dimitrios.Tzovaras@iti.gr

Website: www.iti.gr/db.php/en/people/Dimitrios_Tzovaras.html

Project details

Start date: 01/09/2008
End date: 31/08/2011

Description: Authorities and experts are putting a strong effort on pushing forward accessibility of software applications but, despite this fact, ICT applications and systems are still not fully accessible today. The main goal of ACCESSIBLE is to improve the accessibility of software development products, by introducing a harmonised accessibility methodology into the software design and development processes, using significantly better measurement strategies and methodologies.

ACCESSIBLE will research and develop a process for collating and merging different methodological tools, checking the coherence with the W3C/WAI ARIA and other standards in order to produce an Open Source Assessment Simulation Environment. This will enable large organisations, SMEs or individuals (developers, designers, etc.) to produce software products of superior accessibility and quality, accompanied with appropriate measures and proposals for best practice. The triggering idea behind ACCESSIBLE is to contribute for better accessibility for all citizens, to increase the use of standards, and to develop an assessment simulation environment (including a suite of accessibility analysing tools as well as developer-aid tools) to assess efficiently, easily and rapidly the accessibility and viability of software applications for all user groups.

A challenge of ACCESSIBLE is also the integration of combinations of many possible disabilities, rather than on an individual basis. This is particularly important as with aging, everyone is likely to acquire multiple disabilities, and although each one might be relatively minor; their combined effects are certainly major. The proposed assessment simulation environment will be demonstrated in the four pilots of ACCESSIBLE for the assessment of: a) Mobile applications (including JavaFX Scripts), b) Web applications, c) Web services (mainly focusing on infomobility services), and d) description languages (e.g. UML, SDL, etc.).

Other organisations involved in this project

Alcatel Lucent Deutschland AG

Conncept Swiss GmbH

Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa

Idryma Technologias Kai Erevnas

Marie Curie Association

Netscouts Gemeinnuetzige GmbH

Softeco Sismat S.P.A.

Solinet GmbH Telecommunications

Sun Microsystems Czech s.r.o.

Universitaet Stuttgart

Last updated: 13/03/2010